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Natural gas is one of the most important components of the Ukraine equation -- Europe is a big consumer, and Russia has a significant surplus. We ask what role natural gas plays in this conflict, and how it has affected the behavior of countries on both sides. Plus: Radio Shack’s latest survival strategy is to close 25 percent of its stores. In its 90-year history, Radio Shack has attached itself to – and let slip from its grasp – nearly every new consumer technology, from that new invention the radio, to hi-fi, home computers and wireless. Finally: Dish Network has cut a deal with Disney, allowing it to stream content from ABC shows and channels. The deal is the first of its kind. But in exchange, Dish has agreed to limit the use of controversial ad-skipping technology on its digital video recorders, for which it was being sued not just by ABC but other major networks as well. 

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'Lexus lanes' and the price of saving time

Mar 4, 2014
Express lane tolling systems were designed to keep lanes free by jacking up prices during peak periods. But it turns out rush-hour drivers aren't discouraged by sky-high tolls.

Jupiter gets a flyby

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Bears, bulls, and BS

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Mar 4, 2014
We dive into the origin of a few popular finance terms.

What natural gas has to do with conflict in Ukraine

Mar 4, 2014
Natural gas is one of the most important components of the Ukraine equation. Europe is a big consumer and Russia is its supplier of choice.
A gas pipe-line runs in Sevastopol on March 4, 2014. The European Union will help Ukraine pay the $2.0 billion it owes to Russian gas giant Gazprom, a top official said Tuesday.
Vladimir Dokin/AFP/Getty Images

TV streaming and inescapable ads

Mar 4, 2014
Dish Network has cut a deal with Disney, allowing it to stream content from ABC shows and channels.

In the car evaluation industry, everyone is a winner

Mar 4, 2014
Oh, your car won an award? So did everyone else's.

The inevitable journey from AirBnB to AirPnP

Mar 4, 2014
In which strangers let you use their bathrooms.

Radio Shack’s latest survival strategy: Close stores

Mar 4, 2014
In its 90-year history, Radio Shack has attached itself to – and let slip from its grasp – nearly every new consumer technology

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel calls early ACA problems 'self-inflicted'

Mar 4, 2014
He helped advise the White House on health care reform. His new book looks at the history of health care reform in the U.S.

Hot Pot: The meal of China's consumer class

Mar 5, 2014
American fast food chains are doing well catering to China's new consumer class.

Natural gas is one of the most important components of the Ukraine equation — Europe is a big consumer, and Russia has a significant surplus. We ask what role natural gas plays in this conflict, and how it has affected the behavior of countries on both sides. Plus: Radio Shack’s latest survival strategy is to close 25 percent of its stores. In its 90-year history, Radio Shack has attached itself to – and let slip from its grasp – nearly every new consumer technology, from that new invention the radio, to hi-fi, home computers and wireless. Finally: Dish Network has cut a deal with Disney, allowing it to stream content from ABC shows and channels. The deal is the first of its kind. But in exchange, Dish has agreed to limit the use of controversial ad-skipping technology on its digital video recorders, for which it was being sued not just by ABC but other major networks as well. 

Music from the episode

Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone
Simply Put Georgia Anne Muldrow